Sileby, a village and a parish in Leicestershire. The village stands on the M.R., on which it has a station, 1½ mile E by N of Mountsorrel, and 5 SE from Loughborough. It consists chiefly of two streets, crossing each other nearly at right angles, is traversed by the railway on a lofty embankment and viaduct, and has a post and money order office under Loughborough; telegraph office at the railway station. The parish comprises 2295 acres; population, 2380. The manor belongs to the Pochin family. The manufacture of hosiery and of boots and shoes is carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross value, £230 with residence. The church is an ancient building of granite, in the Decorated Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and a fine lofty pinnacled tower, and was restored at a cost of £6000 in 1880. An ancient elm in the churchyard measures about 30 feet in circumference. There are also Roman Catholic, Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. A cemetery of two acres, with two mortuary chapels, was formed in 1881.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Sileby St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Barrow-upon-Soar|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Findmypast, in association with the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, have the following parish records online for Sileby:
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Sileby from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Sileby (St. Mary))
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Leicestershire is online.
Online maps of Sileby are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Leicestershire newspapers online: